My Nine Year Blog Anniversary

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

A few days ago, I celebrated my nine year blog anniversary. I still can’t believe it! In true Lizzie fashion, I wanted to share my heart <3 Read on for a deeper look into Lizzie in Lace!

 

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My Nine Year Blog Anniversary

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

 

 

Each year, I have a ritual of reading all of my previous anniversary posts ( see them here: year eight, seven, sixfivefourthreetwo and one) along with my very first post. During day to day life, you don’t really recognize how much has really changed. And of course, I never want to forget where I came from. It takes my gratitude to whole other level. So much in my life has been manifested before my very eyes and I’ve unknowingly documented the entire journey in this very blog.

In previous years, I’ve shared lessons learned throughout this process and in very few entries, I shared my heart. Today I’m doing just that. I want to take you on a journey of the last decade of Lizzie in Lace. This is a love letter to you, my dear readers <3

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

 

Blogging Through The Years

 

In my very first post, I said that I wanted be inspired and to inspire others. Not much has changed in this regard. I still blog for the very same reasons that I started. In fact, I’ve even expanded since then to include multiple social media platforms and video content so I can connect with like-minded friends and share my truest passion… fashion.

 

 

Year One

 

In my one year blogging anniversary post, I wrote in regards to my blogging future – “Who will I meet? Where will I go? What will I do?” I came from a small town with no connections whatsoever. In fact, I still live in the middle of nowhere, not in a big city where I can network on the daily (an introverts worst nightmare hahah!!). When I wrote this, I was so full of hope and excitement and even years later, knowing where this journey has taken me, I’m still filled with the same hopeful feeling.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

 

Year Three

 

My third year was one of the very best! This is the year where my life really changed and I saw what was possible. I attended my first NYFW, designed a phone case line that got picked up by numerous large retailers, was featured in various magazines and on podcasts, and I took a very scary leap of faith by quitting my substitute teaching job to work for myself full-time as a guitar instructor and blogger. 2017-18 was a very big and pivotal year for me. This is when my Instagram really took off. It can be hard to compare myself now to where I once was but honestly, it’s a very different time and I’ve had even more important years personally.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

Year Five

 

In 2019, shortly before my five year blog anniversary, I went full-time into blogging after I quit teaching guitar, something I loved SO much. It came to me in a dream (no, really!) and it was honestly one the toughest choices I’ve ever made. It was a pivotal year for me personally as well as this is when my inner transformation began. I stopped dulling my sparkle to let everyone else shine and instead, decided that it was my time to shine too. Although this was a challenging year for me personally, I will always be forever grateful for things that it taught me. Ultimately, it gave me strength, confidence and value.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

Year Six

 

My sixth year was particularly challenging due to the worldwide circumstances of 2020. After going all in on blogging, I lost most everything within months and by some miracle, I made it through. It just made me realize how resilient I truly am. If you’ve been a reader of my blog since the beginning, you know most of my story and how resilience was a big part of this blog inception. Going through trials early in my life made it easier to navigate them later in life. I’ve already been to rock bottom and while it can be uncomfortable and anxiety-inducing, it’s also made me fearless and open to taking risks.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

 

Year Seven

 

In year seven, I wrote about why authenticity is important, my self-employment journey, the ever-changing social media sphere and how I’ve evolved right along with it. I used to compare myself with others and wondered why my account hadn’t hit one million followers (or whatever vanity metric is trending). Other people would look down on me for not being further along than I “should be,” work partners would pick apart my numbers because they weren’t “high enough” and agencies would make me feel bad about my photography and account because it was “too different.” Somehow I had become too much and not enough simultaneously and this was the year where I put practice into action.

For the first time in my life, I started advocating for myself. Everyone’s journey is different and instead of forcing something, I’ve started opening myself up to new opportunities. It’s not about numbers. Not in the slightest. And this is a big lesson I’ve learned. It’s about connecting with others, being authentic and staying true to who you are no matter what. The right people will support you.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

Year Eight

 

Last year, I wrote about how I initially found blogging and how it’s changed drastically since I started. If you didn’t know, I started a secret blog in 2012 and deleted out of embarrassment as soon as I was exposed. It wasn’t until THREE years later that I worked up the courage to try again… and even then, I didn’t broadcast it everywhere out of fear of what people might think. These days, I could care less. But I do wonder what would’ve happened if I kept my original blog. Everything happens for a reason, right?

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

My Blogging Journey

 

An Ever-Changing Space

 

So far, I’ve met a lot of amazing people so far (although I still haven’t met Tim Gunn yet haha!), I’ve traveled to so many places that were merely only a dream, and I’ve accomplished things that I never thought possible for myself. Even then, there have been times in my career where I felt I “peaked” but honestly, I think this is pretty normal. It ebbs and flows just like everything else in life. And when I think it can’t get much better, it does. Instead of forcing things like I once would, I’ve become more open to opportunities that come my way.

No, I’m not the cool, young TikToker blowing up to 5 million overnight and that is completely okay. Sometimes things don’t happen in the way you think they will, but that’s a good thing! It’s taught me how to loosen up control and go with the flow… and it’s given me a much more laid back approach to life because I still have that hope and positive attitude that everything happens as it should.

I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact on other’s lives. The landscape has changed so much and I talked about this in my post – Is blogging dead? I know that so many start to get “famous” or go viral or make money but that has never been the reason for me. I wanted to do something I loved… to find a community that understood me and liked me for me. I wanted to make a positive impact on other’s lives. I wanted to share myself authentically and share my love of fashion. At my core, I am so happy to say that this hasn’t changed. Throughout my journey, I’ve just been me.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

Staying True to Myself

 

A lot has changed but a lot has stayed the same as well. My life looks a bit different than it did nine years ago but my heart, beliefs, personality and feminine style remain unchanged. It’s so funny to witness the very thing that I’ve been sharing become a trend of sorts. I’m so happy to see more women (and men) embrace their femininity. And I’m so glad to have found others like me that LOVE princess dresses, florals, fairytales and the color pink. My blog post, Why It’s Okay to Be a Girly Girl, details a different time when this wasn’t as accepted. Even then, I remained true to myself and true to my style, something that I have consistently preached to others about.

You see… it’s so easy to get lost in the noise of our social media driven society. Trends come and go daily and it can be incredibly hard to know who you are. I’ve always known who I am and what I love and while I’ve gotten lost along the way, just like most people, I’ve always stayed true to who I am. Authenticity is the cornerstone of Lizzie in Lace and I hope that my posts have helped others realize not only their worth, but also to accept and nourish their individuality.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

 

My Love Letter to You <3

 

My blog has been the biggest blessing and not just from a professional standpoint. Yes, it has given me a career beyond my wildest dreams and it has given me freedom to fearlessly go after my goals. But it has also expanded my creativity and knowledge in so many ways. It’s served as a diary where I shared my highest highs and my lowest lows. It’s given me purpose and fulfilled me on so many levels. Best of all, it’s connected me with so many of you – like-minded individuals that are beautiful on the inside and outside and that inspire me daily. People that I know in real life have not always been supportive of my dreams and in fact, many still aren’t but you are. And I haven’t even met most of you so thank you for this. You’ve helped me get back my shine when I lost it years ago and you’ve supported me in times when I desperately needed it.

Starting was the a huge risk at the time but I took the chance anyway. I started in a very vulnerable phase of my life. Let me paint a picture for you – As someone who was insecure with her body and face, it was hard at times to take photos of myself. I would literally pick myself apart and leave each photoshoot feeling like I wasn’t pretty enough. I’ve always been very hard on myself and this was magnified tenfold through this process, especially with my perfectionistic tendencies. I can’t even tell you how many vulnerable heart-to-heart blog posts I deleted in the early days. In fact, I would have shared the post I’m currently writing. Luckily, I have healed from this and I can only hope that documenting my journey has helped others not only see their self-worth and beauty but to also know that dreams can come true if they don’t give up. I only wish I had been brave enough to start sooner.

 

 

Feminine fashion blogger Elizabeth Hugen of Lizzie in Lace shares her nine year blog anniversary and wears the JessaKae Margy dress, ALLY shoes and a pink heart bag from Kate Spade

 

Outfit Details

White Floral JessaKae Dress c/o | Pink Kate Spade Heart Bag | White ALLY Shoes Heels (Use LIZZIEINLACE40 for $40 off heels & LIZZIE10 for 10% off flats!) | Pearl Lele Sadoughi Headband (similar) | Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick | Halo Hair Extension (use LIZZIEINLACE for $25 off!)

 

 

 

As I move into year ten, it’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing this for a decade and still love it as much as the day I started. I know that this year will be the best one yet! 🙂 I never thought that I could build such a beautiful, kind and supportive community and I thank my lucky stars every single day for you. You have changed my life in the best ways and I can only hope and pray that I’ve had a positive impact on you in some way as well. Thank you for being a friend when I so desperately needed someone to believe in and encourage me. I’m forever grateful for you and I hope you’ll continue to join me on this wild adventure! <3

 

Love you all so much!

xo

Lizzie

 

 

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